The men who got in through Totterdown shop roof

Published on: 04 Nov 2016

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Police are studying extensive CCTV footage of two men who broke into Patco on Wells Road on September 25.

The video shows the pair calmly clearing out thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes, tobacco and Lottery scratch cards into plastic bags. As they were leaving they took a few bottles of spirits, including Jack Daniels.

The burglars managed to get on to the shop’s flat roof at about 3am and levered up roof boards before cutting their way through metal sheeting.

The process must have made some noise – but the pair chose a night when there was heavy rain to disguise their activities.

Owners Kumar and Panna have run the store for 19 years. “There has been amazing support from the local community,” said Kumar. “Everybody wants to help find the people who did this.”   

Several names have been suggested as culprits. But, Kumar said, “It will be more upsetting if it turns out it is someone local.”

Kumar and Panna are well-known in Totterdown for supporting the community – Patco was the main sponsor of the new mosaic in Zone A, opposite the store on Wells Road. 

Anyone with information on the burglary can call police on 101. There are more pictures on our website:

• southbristolvoice.co.uk

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